The United Nations Millennium Goals outlined that by 2015 every child would be able to compete a full course of primary schooling. As highlighted by UNESCO and UNICEF recently this target was missed, however enrolment in primary education in developing regions has now reached 91% (up from 83% in 2000) and growth is set to continue. With The Millenium Development Goals coming to an end – it’s time to look to the Global Goals. Throughout my time with African Impact their role in delivering on this Education pledge locally in Moshi has become increasingly clear and I’ve really enjoyed playing a part in this.
Here at African Impact genuine steps have been taken to offer the basic human right of primary education locally in Msranga and more widely in Moshi. One of the key factors contributing to poor school attendance in developing countries is often location. Commonly children don’t get the education they need due to the rural, remote location they live in. African Impact has combated this by supporting multiple primary schools in the village of Msranga, making sure children from the village and other local villages can access primary education easily. Since African Impact started delivering lessons in the village’s primary schools, attendance is up exponentially and the level of children with literacy and numeracy skills has improved. It is clear to see this innovative organization is serious about contributing to the Global Goals.
A second factor in school figures internationally is a language barrier. Again, African Impact have successfully negotiated this in Moshi by teaching lessons in both Swahili and English; using students understanding of one language to give them a kick-start with another. In the lessons I’ve taught at primary level the students’ level of English is improving quickly and they are all eager to learn. What’s more, African Impact work hard on giving volunteers a grounding in Kiswahili, teaching every day and classroom words that I’ve used throughout my stay.
Despite November/December being a quieter time for volunteer numbers, African Impact have worked across 3 primary schools in my time here, teaching literacy, numeracy and English in each. One of these schools makes up the charity’s CROP (children’s rural outreach programme) project. CROP specifically focuses on the villages’ most rural schools, in this case a school that has 50+ students, limited resources and uses a church as a classroom. Again this shows African Impact willingness to teach across Moshi and Msranga and provide primary education for all.
As a volunteer on the Education Project here, I’ve seen first hand the great work African Impact do. There is no doubt how important a role they play in supporting primary education in Moshi, ultimately helping Tanzania work towards the Global Goals. Long may it continue.
To become a volunteer in Moshi, Tanzania, visit the Education & Community Support Program Page with details on how to book a space